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this morning on "early today," big talk. lawmakers delay their recess suddenly rushing to avoid a government shutdown while president obama turns up the heat on republicans. education nation, a nbc news week begins a week-long spirited debate about the state of our schools. and leaps of fate, a winged stuntman performs a and leaps of fate, a winged stuntman performs a death-defying jump in china. captions paid for by nbc-universal television
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hello and good morning. i'm veronica de la cruz. today we begin with running out of time. disaster victims depending on government aid may be left high and dry if lawmakers don't work settle their dinners differences over a funding bill. today, the senate, which was supposed to be off this week, will vote on a measure to fund the government through november. tracie potts joins us live from washington with the details. good morning to you. >> veronica, good morning. here is the situation from fema, whose money is tide up in this spending bill. they've got at this point less than $175 million left in emergency disaster aid and it looks like that money could run out wednesday or possibly as soon as tomorrow. $3.7 billion has been appropriated for fema for emergency funds by the house, but they cut some clean energy programs to do that and senate democrats don't want to see those programs cut.
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the house, the senate were both supposed to be in recess this week as this government shutdown looms on friday. the senate postponed its recess. they're coming back later this afternoon to vote on their own version of the bill. but then they would have to reconcile it with what the house voted on last week. it's quite a crunch before this possible shutdown. when it comes to the economic situation in this country, president obama said we could be looking at a fundamental disaster here if we, in fact, go with the republicans' version of how they want things to be taken care of. bottom line, there's a vote later this afternoon to see if we can keep government running past thursday. veronica. >> tracie potts in washington, thank you. after two long years in an iranian prison, hikers shane bauer and josh fattal are back home again on american soil.
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with sarah shroud at their side, they talked about their captivity. the men, who were convicted of spying say they would held in solitary confinement and they often hear screams of other prisoners. the pair believe they were detained because of their nationality, not because they may have crossed the border from iraq. here at nbc, the second annual education summit is under way. the week-long summit is being held to discuss education in the united states. michelle franzen is outside of studios where the summit is being held. good morning. >> good morning, veronica. >> the summit brings together the nation's top educators and business leaders and policymakers here to 30 rock to debate the key issues affecting education and also find ways to improve how children learn. teachers, educators and innovators from around the country came together at the start of the summit. >> a great teacher in the classroom is fundamental and
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it's what changes the trajectory of the students. >> reporter: voicing their concerns. >> when i know passionate excellent teachers who have left the classroom, it's not because of lack of dollars, it's lack of voice. >> reporter: and looking for solutions when only one-third of u.s. students are proficient in studies like math and reading. >> it's our job as educators to make sure we're keeping the same standards for all students. >> reporter: from the debate over standardized testing to teacher evaluation and teacher pay. >> if we want to keep the best teachers in the classroom, we have to pay them commensurate with the passion that they inspire in our students. >> reporter: the mix of opinions and expertise here can go a long way. >> we can take what we do here and the format here, the different voices and the time that they're given to be respected, we can certainly bring that to the classroom. >> one of the biggest challenges facing communities, the economy. school budgets are suffering cutbacks and many teachers are
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being forced to take a second job to make ends meet. >> if teachers aren't being compensated well enough to be able to take care of their families and they're having to take second jobs, they can't be at their best when they walk into the classroom. >> teachers impacted by the economy, policies and at times, frustration. but still determined to give students their best. >> and a lot of issues to tackle in the next few days. now, while there has been a lot of progress and a lot of issues still need to be dealt with, there has been some key progress in the past year. the overall graduation rate in public schools has risen to 72%, the highest in two decades. >> some good news. michelle franzen, thank you. now here's a look at other stories making news early today in america. in san diego friday night, some people who watch closely enough may have gotten a glimpse of debris from nasa's sa$onoƔu before it crashed down to earth.
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unconfirmed video shows what looks like a tiny dot zipping across the night sky. according to nasa, the defunct six-ton upper atmosphere research satellite splashed down somewhere in the pacific early saturday morning. in wisconsin, folks near lake michigan had a rare sighting of their own this weekend. time lapsed video shows a waterspout spinning over the surface of the lake near milwaukee. fortunately, the only tornados spotted were the ones that form over water. finally, a sight that could put your stomach in a tailspin this weekend. the seventh annual world tamale eating championship was held in texas. the defending champ reclaimed its title by skarching down a nashating 67 tamales in just 12 minutes. oh, the feat earned him $1,500. now for a look at your national and regional weather, here is meteorologist todd santos with the weather channel forecast. i can barely eat one tamale in 12 minutes.
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>> i know. and is there any such thing as a cold tamale? they're all hot, right? >> i don't know. >> $1,500 is not enough. >> you don't think so? >> no, not for me. let's take you to something as far as texas is concerned. there may be some implications going forward this week and next week for hurricane hillary to maybe drop a little of this moisture that is dropping across portions of the pacific over maybe the southwest. some of that could get into the forecast there. there's a look at the system right now. it's a major hurricane, category three. 120-mile-per-hour winds. this is why i mentioned it. towards friday, the front weakens. at this point, you can get some of that moisture getting towards the four corners. if not potentially in the flow over texas. i mentioned that with a chance of showers. looking at it today, some of the greatest rainfall will be near some of these areas, ohio valley. we're dealing with an upper level low here that's going to be in place through a good portion of this week, at least through wednesday if not thursday. so d.c. and the chance for showers, chances decrease as you
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go north. maybe a light chance in new york, but the better opportunities show up tomorrow. there's a look at the region. let's check out your local forecast. new york, coming in with 81 degrees today. again, umbrella not necessarily -- well, a necessary thing. but really, as we get into tomorrow, you'll want to have that with you. charlotte, north carolina, better chance for showers and thunderstorms. same story in atlanta where we could see thunderstorms today, as well. again, lots of stuff going on around the country. we'll talk about those rain showers that leave the country alone. >> but you said two things. you said 80s in new york. >> yeah, still warm. >> so we can be friends, i've decided. wall street licks its wounds, gas prices tumble and boeing's dream finally comes true. your early morning business headlines are straight ahead. plus, all these years later, does "the lion king" have the legs to make it two in a row? coming up, the steelers and colts down go to the wire, and another first for cam newton and michael vick is hurt again. you're watching "early today."
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good morning, and welcome back to "early today." i'm veronica de la cruz. here are some of your top headlines this morning. gunfire erupted overnight at a hotel in the afghan capital that houses a u.s. embassy an ex used by the cia. one u.s. citizen was killed and several afghans were wounded before one lone gunman was shot dead. vowing to pressure for reform, saudi arabia's king has announced women will be granted the right to vote for the first time beginning in 2015. saudi women, however, are still not allowed to drive or travel abroad without permission from a male guardian. after more than 40 hours in the water, 62-year-old endurance swimmer diana nyad has abandon her latest attempt to make the journey from cuba to florida without a shark cage.
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nyad's face and body swelled from painful jellyfish stains and medics advised more stings could be life threatening. the end of an era in spain where the final bullfight was held sunday. the local parliament outlawed the century's old traditional last year after a citizen's petition clashed between fans and bullfighters broke out after the event. in china, an amazing feat by american wing suit stuntman jeb corlette. take a look at that. jumping through a helicopter, he managed to dive through a hole in a cliff at a speed of 75 miles per hour before landing safely. absolutely incredible. and now here is an early look at how wall street will kick off the day. the dow owns at 10,731 after adding 10 points on friday. the s&p was up 6. the nasdaq rose 27. taking a look at overseas trading this morning, in tokyo, the nikkei fell 186 points. in hong kong, the hang seng dropped 261.
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simply put, wall street opens for business today after suffering its worst week since the death of the financial crisis three years ago. the dow finished down 14%, largest weekly loss since september 2008. the s&p 500 fell 6.6%. the nasdaq tumbled 5.3% for the week. analysts expect significantly fewer healthy earnings and outlooks moving forward, which would make data all the more important. reports to watch for this week include new home sales due for august today. the consumer confidence index comes out tomorrow. we'll get an idea if factories are picking up steam from durable goods orders on wednesday. on friday, we'll get august personal income and spending data. elsewhere, the national average for regular unleaded gas is $3.51 a gallon, down 47 cents from its high in early may. for the fist time in months, prices have fallen below $3 a gallon in places includes parts
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of michigan, missouri and texas. finally, boeing's long awaited dream machine finally became a commercial reality sunday, three years behind schedule, when the 787 was formally delivered to japan's al nippon airways. michael vick knocked ott of another game, the red sox try to win another game and jimmie johnson fades in the chase. plus, the mighty tom brady and the patriots get a rude reception from their host, the no-names of buffalo. your early morning sports headlines are straight ahead. as far as the forecast is concerned, we'll check in on the travel trouble spots and get you set for your monday. you're watching "early today."
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good morning. if you're just waking up, this is "early today." in sports, we may only be three weeks into the nfl season, but it's definitely not too early to say the buffalo bills are an entirely different new team. here's nbc's fred roggin with an early look at all your sports headlines. good morning. if we learned anything about the nfl yesterday, it's that the patriots tom brady is human and the buffalo bills are for real. they rallied from 21 down to beat the patriots. buffalo picked brady off four times. to put that into perspective, brady threw four interceptions all of last season.
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this pick six tied it late in the fourth. ryan lyndell had a game-winning field goal as time expired. the bills were a perfect 3-0 after an impressive 34-31 win. giants, another game, another injury for michael vick. took a hit and broke his nonthrowing hand. left in the third, returned briefly, but finished the game on the sidelines. eli manning had his way with the eagle defense through four touchdowns, a pair of victor cruise. giants won it, 29-16 in philly. in oakland, the raiders pulled out all the stops to beat the jets. michael busch handed off to moore and he was gone. took the reverse, 23 yards up the middle for the score, raiders won it, 34-24. no one thought the colts/steelers game was going to be close, but it was. joseph addai tied it in the final minutes. it came down to the last possession. pittsburgh hit the game-winning field goal with four seconds left and the steelers escaped indy with a 23-20 win. where is noah's ark when you need it? monsoon-like conditions in carolina for the panthers and jaguars game. it got so bad, the fans had to bail water out of the stands just to sit in their seats. cam newton for the rain and his
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first nfl win. tossed the go ahead touchdown late in the fourth. carolina won it, 16-10. nascar tony stewart won his second straight race, took the checkered flag in new hampshire, now leads the chase for the cup standings. finally, the red sox needed a win and it took them 14 innings to get it. jacoby ellsbury with the go-ahead home run. that's your early look at sports on "early today." i'm fred roggin. did brad pitt hit a homer or strike out at the box office? your early morning entertainment headlines are straight ahead. plus, a world war ii veteran from a historic pioneering outfit steps back in time. you're watching "early today."
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welcome back to "early today." looks like a fairly mild morning across the east coast. 57 back in chicago. the cooler air is closer to the great lakes and south of the area. we have heard of some water rescues down towards louisville, kentucky, this morning. heavy rain in that corridor, chicago still in the showers. new york, likely a better chance it will come toek tomorrow. same story with philly. if you're watching us on wzrg in buffalo, new york, they're not reptiles. see creatures that live part of their lives in water and part of their lives on land at an at the buffalo zoo. that's your "early today" event
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of the day. >> did you see ta little guy? >> that cute one? >> i don't know if he was cute. now here's a look at this morning's headlines in entertainment. something old with something new was a winning theme once again at the box office this weekend. "the lion king" in 3-d clawed its way to the top taking in just over $22 million. disney now plans to leave the updated classic in theaters longer than the two-week run initially planned. brad pitt's "money ball" opened in the second spot, in line with expectations at just over $20.5 million. debuting behind in third, cracking $20 million, was the star-packed family film "dolphin tail." after those films, there wasn't much left for "abduction" which opened in fourth with just over $11 million. and another action thriller, "killer elite." it managed to open in fifth with $9.5 million.
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i have to say, i heard nothing about that film. >> i didn't, either. i didn't hear about anyone going to see the dolphin film, but that won over over de niro. >> it had a couple things going for it. this comes to us from portland, maine, where an army veteran took the ride of a lifetime. retired staff sergeant james shepherd knows his way around an airplane. from 1942 to 1945, he was a crew chief with the tuskegee airmen, the army's first all black core unit. this weekend, he got a chance to enjoy the view from inside a p-51 mustang, just like the planes he kept flying all those years ago when we needed them most. i'm veronica de la cruz, and this is "early today," just your
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first stop of the day today on your nbc station.
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>> live, local, late-breaking, this is wbal-tv 11 news today. >> good morning. we're starting out with some clouds and drizzle. no big surprise. 70 at the airport. 67 in randallstown. there is some light drizzle this morning. we could see a few heavier showers later this morning. clouds otherwise with a high
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temperature in the 70's. we will come back and check the seven-day forecast going into the weekend. >> thank you. 70 degrees on tv hill. a major change from "the baltimore sun." >> police were forced to shoot a man wielding some knives. >> a government shutdown is looming. face-off over funding continues. >> a great day for the ravens. they beat the rams. an accident
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[captioning made possible by constellation energy group] captioned by the national captioning institute >> live, local, late-breaking, this is wbal-tv 11 news today. >> good monday morning. i'm mindy basara. >> and i'm stan stovall. thyo

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